bhensonb (9837) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours clear copper with a slight beige head. Aroma is fruit, malt, chocolate, spice. All mild tho. Med body, or nearly. Somehow the mix of flavors isnít working right. Reminding me of an age old candy bar I didnít really like very much. Never stopped me then, but it might now. Thereís fruit and pepper and chocolate in the finish. Some citrus, I guess. But comparing this to a Flanders Red? Well maybe it is a bit tart. Still.
brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle @ hotel room. Amber pour with a white head. Grain, butter, and grass on the nose. Some apple, woody herbs, and lemon peel. Flavor is grainy. Lightly sweet, popcorn, a touch of butter, and some lemon. Light pepper, some herbs, and apple skin.
Ratman197 (8493) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of wheat, carmel, fruittiness and light spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry lightly tart finish. Flavors of carmel, wheat, fruittiness and light tea with a crisp dry lightly tart finish.
adnielsen (7586) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tap @ Black Bottle. Pours a hazy orangish red appearance with little head. Buttery, tangy red fruity, herbal aroma. Lots of green apple and butter in the flavor with some other light fruity elements to help a bit. All over the place and not very good.
DocLock (7201) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Caponeís. Pours deep coppery brown with 1-finger tan head. Nose is earthy and brown sugary, with notes of toffee and hops. Tastes hoppy, floral, earthy, with some fruity tartness at mid-palate. Not much funk, but this one is not bad.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a large creamy off-white head. Average head retention. Aroma of really nothing at all. Faint tart berries. The taste is tart berries and a bit of spice. Thin and slightly watery. Meh.
shrubber85 (6510) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2013
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Metallic malt aroma. Amber with moderate head. Sweet tart cherry/hibisucus malt flavor. Decent body. Okay - decent for a Blue Moon beer.
blutt59 (5913) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, orange amber color with some white foam, aroma and flavor is maltier than expected , some spicy citrus note, clean finish
Ernest (5910) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2012
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2013 Bottle.
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (grain), with notes of Red Zinger tea, peanut sauce, lemongrass, light notes of cooked pasta, rubber.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Reformulation this year along with the name change, apparently...darker colored and now it smells like peanut sauce and cooked spaghetti noodles. Still off-sourish and watery in the mouth. Pretty gross.
DuffMan (5795) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 19, 2013
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Clear copper, medium off white head. The best single word to describe this beer is "delusional". To compare itself to a Flanders red ale is a joke. There are certain features here that, begrudgingly I agree, yes, also are present in that signature style. But the overall experience with this beer is weak and empty. The only thing to perk up a non-beergeeks attention is a mild tartness in the finish. If that person were then to have a true Flanders red put in front of them, they would never place the two in the same family.